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by Inkling
Fri May 17, 2013 6:02 pm
Forum: LCBO, Beer Store and Grocery Stores
Topic: Beer Store Store Upgrades
Replies: 10
Views: 3863

Someone told me that the LCBO used to be like the Beer Store, that you'd write down your selection on a little piece of paper and the employee would go into the back and bring you out your bottle and put it in a paper bag to take home, lest you feel shame for buying such an evil vice. Is that true? ...
by Inkling
Fri Apr 26, 2013 6:13 pm
Forum: LCBO, Beer Store and Grocery Stores
Topic: Maverick and Gose at the LCBO
Replies: 23
Views: 7054

Beau's has done two Gose's. They had 'Opa's Gose' at their Oktoberfest a couple of years ago. I remember really enjoying it.
by Inkling
Sat Apr 13, 2013 11:58 am
Forum: Random Talk
Topic: Canada US hockey beer wagers
Replies: 2
Views: 1073

It wasn't in the picture or mentioned in the story but there was Beau's Lugtread part of the bet as well.
by Inkling
Mon Apr 01, 2013 10:58 pm
Forum: LCBO, Beer Store and Grocery Stores
Topic: new IPAs at LCBO
Replies: 195
Views: 30463

Just trying the Hop Circle now and, unlike most of you (it seems), I prefer it to the American ones. It certainly has more of a rough edge, or a resiny weedy character, as has been pointed out above. To my palate that is all to the good. I'm with you. I like the Hop Circle a lot. I was a bit underw...
by Inkling
Mon Mar 25, 2013 9:59 pm
Forum: LCBO, Beer Store and Grocery Stores
Topic: LCBO strike vote
Replies: 76
Views: 16555

Hope they don't strike, but glad to be next to Quebec if they do.
by Inkling
Sat Mar 09, 2013 11:16 pm
Forum: Random Talk
Topic: When was the last time you bought a 2-4?
Replies: 31
Views: 5172

I can't remember ever buying a two-four but I buy 12 packs fairly frequently. Dieu du Ciel has their mixed packs that I get pretty regularly. Mixed 12 packs seem common amongst US microbreweries as well. I got a Brooklyn one time I was down there.
by Inkling
Thu Dec 13, 2012 12:00 pm
Forum: LCBO, Beer Store and Grocery Stores
Topic: Cohn: Never mind the LCBO — The Beer Store is an embarrassm
Replies: 32
Views: 6949

They had a feature this morning on CBC Radio One in Ottawa about the privatization of the LCBO. Apparently a great deal of the feedback they received was that the target should be the Beer Store monopoly and not the LCBO.
by Inkling
Thu Dec 13, 2012 11:57 am
Forum: Good Pub Reviews
Topic: Big Rig
Replies: 2
Views: 1599

Agree completely regarding the Double Black IPA. Had some recently and really enjoyed it. I wish they bottled more of their varieties as it's hard to justify a growler when you just want bottles for everyday drinking. I'll have to swing by and pick up some of the Old Man Winter.
by Inkling
Tue Sep 25, 2012 9:05 pm
Forum: Random Talk
Topic: What're you drinking right now?
Replies: 16496
Views: 2027104

Big Rig Lon's Extra Special Bitter (ESB). Nice flavour on this one. Looking forward to their Pumpkin Porter coming up in October.

Also had a Smuttynose Old Brown Dog Ale from a mixed pack I picked up recently. Also a keeper.

I agree about the Creemore Altbier too.
by Inkling
Sun Jul 01, 2012 8:04 pm
Forum: Random Talk
Topic: What're you drinking right now?
Replies: 16496
Views: 2027104

Shipyard Smashed Blueberry - I go to Maine many a summer and have always been underwhelmed by Shipyard but I am very impressed by this one that I found at the LCBO. Much better than their pumpkin beer to my taste. Phillips Ginger Beer - Plenty of ginger here, maybe a touch too much. Like it but not ...
by Inkling
Sun Jul 01, 2012 7:54 pm
Forum: Good Pub Reviews
Topic: Big Rig Brewpub - Ottawa
Replies: 21
Views: 10700

I went by there to pick up some growlers for the weekend, but there was nary a growler to be had, completely sold out of them. Not surprising given the long weekend I guess. Anyway, picked up a six of the Gold and was pretty impressed. I wouldn't order it if the IPA or Hefe was on tap but it's a nic...
by Inkling
Sat Jun 30, 2012 8:57 pm
Forum: Random Talk
Topic: Perspective on Ontario beer
Replies: 68
Views: 7682

The list of IPAs reminds me that as much as I admire the US microbrew scene, it can seem like a bit of a one-trick-pony at times. You go into a lot of stores and it's shelves upon shelves of IPAs, APAs....much of a muchness. There's a lot of great beer down there but sometimes you have to search a b...
by Inkling
Sat Jun 23, 2012 10:21 pm
Forum: Good Pub Reviews
Topic: Ottawa - Real Sports Bar & Grill
Replies: 7
Views: 1983

Those better be 20 oz. pints at those prices for draft. A pretty uninspiring selection considering the number of beers there. Still, there are a few that I would be quite happy with if I found myself there (Mill St., Maudite, Anchor Steam, Creemore). I wouldn't be drinking too many at those prices h...
by Inkling
Mon Jun 18, 2012 10:56 pm
Forum: LCBO, Beer Store and Grocery Stores
Topic: Latest beer store format
Replies: 4
Views: 1707

Sounds like the Kitchesippi beer bike.

http://www.ottawacitizen.com/news/Ottaw ... story.html
by Inkling
Sat Jun 16, 2012 11:22 pm
Forum: Good Pub Reviews
Topic: Big Rig Brewpub - Ottawa
Replies: 21
Views: 10700

We went there today. It reopened this evening after a small fire disrupted a busy opening week. Cutting to the chase, we really enjoyed both the IPA and Hefeweizen. They were both good enough for us that we'd probably buy them in the future to drink at home. We also had the Brown, which we thought w...

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